Sounds Like: Robert Earl Keen, Steve Earle, Josh Ritter, Todd Snider, Guy Clark
Label: Music Road Records
Manager: Karen Cleaves
Bio: Slaid Cleaves. Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Makes records. Travels around. Tries to be good.More Info
email FlaMusic@bellsouth.net for info on ordering advance tickets Raised in South Berwick, Maine, and residing in Austin, Texas, Slaid Cleaves is no one's idea of a music-industry insider. He writes and sings songs primarily about working-class people and romantics both hopeful and hopeless. That said, it's also not difficult to hear another element of the fortysomething Cleaves' past: He was an English and philosophy major at Tufts, and his lyrics are underpinned by both a fine sense of meter and moral perspicacity. You can hear the former — the clever rhymes and forward narrative momentum — in a jaunty song such as "Texas Love Song." The other side of Cleaves' music is his interest in delineating what it's like to live a hardscrabble existence without too much hope of rising above one's station in life. This tends to lead Cleaves back to his Maine childhood, where the economy and the climate are frequently difficult, and which can summon up vivid images for him. One of the best of these is "Welding Burns," in which the narrator recalls the look of his father's hands and the trapped feeling the older man felt in the work he was bound to do.
An Evening with Slaid Cleaves - Advance Tickets available by mail - $20. Send check payable to Ray Lewis - 2657 Kersey Ct. - Jax, FL 32216 with a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
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